Analysis of deformation microstructures and mechanisms on all scales
Analysis of deformation microstructures and mechanisms on all scales
Editor(s): R. Heilbronner, R. Kilian, F. Fusseis, and I. Weikusat
The physical properties and the rheological response of polycrystalline rocks of the cryosphere and lithosphere to pressure, temperature, stress, and strain are governed by their composition, microstructure, and texture. Microstructure and texture are particularly sensitive to deformation: particle shapes adapt to the imposed strain, and grain size reflects the flow stress and the size distribution the intensity of comminution; typical crystallographic preferred orientations develop as a result of strain or recrystallization processes, etc. The range of deformation processes and mechanisms can best be identified on the microscale, but will control the behaviour of the whole system. That is why microstructures provide valuable clues for the deciphering of the rocks' mechanical history or current physical state and for inferring active deformation processes in nature and experiments. Using microstructural evidence, naturally deformed rocks can be interpreted in the light of results gained from carefully designed experiments carried out under controlled conditions.

The proposed Special Volume welcomes (but is not limited to) contributions presented at the “Analysis of microstructure, texture and deformation mechanisms in nature and experiment” session at the EGU General Assembly 2016, and aims to present the current state of the art as well as future developments in the analysis of deformation microstructures, showcasing results from Earth and material scientists who use experiments, theory, and natural examples to study the physical properties of Earth's materials.

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21 Dec 2017
Constraints on the rheology of the lower crust in a strike-slip plate boundary: evidence from the San Quintín xenoliths, Baja California, Mexico
Thomas van der Werf, Vasileios Chatzaras, Leo Marcel Kriegsman, Andreas Kronenberg, Basil Tikoff, and Martyn R. Drury
Solid Earth, 8, 1211–1239,,, 2017
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25 Oct 2017
Analysis of crystallographic preferred orientations of experimentally deformed Black Hills Quartzite
Rüdiger Kilian and Renée Heilbronner
Solid Earth, 8, 1095–1117,,, 2017
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17 Oct 2017
The grain size(s) of Black Hills Quartzite deformed in the dislocation creep regime
Renée Heilbronner and Rüdiger Kilian
Solid Earth, 8, 1071–1093,,, 2017
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04 Oct 2017
Synchrotron FTIR imaging of OH in quartz mylonites
Andreas K. Kronenberg, Hasnor F. B. Hasnan, Caleb W. Holyoke III, Richard D. Law, Zhenxian Liu, and Jay B. Thomas
Solid Earth, 8, 1025–1045,,, 2017
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18 Sep 2017
Strain field evolution at the ductile-to-brittle transition: a case study on ice
Thomas Chauve, Maurine Montagnat, Cedric Lachaud, David Georges, and Pierre Vacher
Solid Earth, 8, 943–953,,, 2017
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06 Sep 2017
EBSD analysis of subgrain boundaries and dislocation slip systems in Antarctic and Greenland ice
Ilka Weikusat, Ernst-Jan N. Kuiper, Gill M. Pennock, Sepp Kipfstuhl, and Martyn R. Drury
Solid Earth, 8, 883–898,,, 2017
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13 Jul 2017
Switching deformation mode and mechanisms during subduction of continental crust: a case study from Alpine Corsica
Giancarlo Molli, Luca Menegon, and Alessandro Malasoma
Solid Earth, 8, 767–788,,, 2017
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10 Jul 2017
Microscale and nanoscale strain mapping techniques applied to creep of rocks
Alejandra Quintanilla-Terminel, Mark E. Zimmerman, Brian Evans, and David L. Kohlstedt
Solid Earth, 8, 751–765,,, 2017
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30 Mar 2017
Structural and rheological evolution of the Laramide subduction channel in southern California
Haoran Xia and John P. Platt
Solid Earth, 8, 379–403,,, 2017
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21 Feb 2017
Rheological transitions in the middle crust: insights from Cordilleran metamorphic core complexes
Frances J. Cooper, John P. Platt, and Whitney M. Behr
Solid Earth, 8, 199–215,,, 2017
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